The magnificent mountain range Dyrfjoll stands between Fljotsdalsherad and the fjord Borgarfjordur Eystri. It is famous for the huge gap or door in the middle of the mountain.
The mountain is 1136 meters high and the summit can be reached in about 3,5-5 hours hike. The view from the top is extraordinary and won’t let anyone down! Below Dyrfjoll lies Storurd, one of east Iceland‘s best hidden gem. Many locals love to hike there.
The region is known for the stories of elves and they say that the elf queen of Iceland resides there. Her name is Borghildur and lives in Alfaborgir (Elfe city) in Borgarfjordur Eystri, really close by Dyrfjoll.
Volcanic mountain range
Dyrfjoll mountain is a volcano. It is a typical central volcano with at least two major silicic phases, accompanied with explosive volcanic activity of a degree unusual for Iceland, producing collapse calderas and large volumes of ignimbrites that shine brightly in the field.
Hiking and enjoying in Dyrfjoll and Storurd
One of east Iceland‘s most illustrious spots is Storurd (“The Giant Boulders”), located to the east of the road leading to Borgarfjordur Eystri. Storurd lies below the small glacier west of the mountains. It consists of gigantic tuff boulders, charming meadows and attractive ponds. This wonderful scene can be reached in 2,5 hours on foot from Vatnsskard pass.
To enjoy Dyrfjoll and Storurd a whole day plan is highly recommended.
GPS: 65.520575 N, -13.956413 W